Saruni Rhino is located in the Sera Conservancy, a 350,000-hectare unexplored wilderness area on Kenya's Northern border. This unique lodge is a little over 1.5 hours’ drive from our Saruni Samburu lodge in nearby Kalama Conservancy and offers the fantastic experience of a walking safari on the tracks of rhinos. An exciting adventure for guests who actively contribute to the protection of this iconic species. Herds of elephants and a wide variety of birds offer unique landscapes for photo safaris and bird watching. At sunset and during festivals authentic songs and stories of Samburu culture are performed by members of the local communities. Saruni Rhino features only 3 stone cottages, called "banda". They are built in a rustic style with thatched roof, canvas zip down windows and doors, totally equipped with private bathrooms, hot water and natural stone showers. The bandas cottages are situated along a dry river’s bed and protected by palm trees to ensure maximum privacy for guests and exclusivity for small groups.
An exciting walking safari tracking the black rhino on foot, accompanied by an experienced Samburu guide and a highly-trained Sera Conservancy ranger. Safaris take place early in the morning or late in the afternoon to safely reach the location of some of this endangered species. Included in the safari fee is a contribution to the local community to cover the daily cost of maintaining and protecting the 18 black rhinos still living in an area of 54,000 hectares of the Sera Conservancy.
Guest can enjoy morning, afternoon and night game drives throughout different areas of the Sera Conservancy, which covers a total surface of 350,000 hectares. In addition to black rhinos and other rare species such as leopards, striped hyenas, and civet cats, there is the remarkable opportunity to see the Samburu Five – five rare, endemic animals to the Samburu ecosystem; gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx.
Every day, before sunrise and after sunset, the Sera Conservancy becomes the scenery of an extraordinary spectacle for birdwatchers. An unforgettable experience for Saruni Rhino’s guests unlikely to see anywhere else. Swarms of thousands of Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse birds circling over waterholes before swooping down in to take water and refresh themselves. The sound of thousands of flapping wings, before quickly landing and taking off again, makes this experience similar to and more exciting than any F1 pit stop!
With more than 400 species of resident and migratory birds, the Sera Conservancy is a birdwatcher's paradise. Accompanied by expert guides, you can observe birds of all kinds amidst the arid bush, lush doum palms and verdant acacia trees along the dry river beds of Samburuland.
The “Singing Wells” is a chance-in-a-lifetime experience for guests staying at Saruni Rhino during the dry season. It is an ancient daily occurrence performed by the semi-nomadic herders of the Sera Community, bringing their livestock to drink. Singing and dancing as they go to encourage livestock to approach the watering holes. The Samburu culture is rich in traditional songs and dances usually performed at sunset or during special events. Tales of bravery, the stages of man, courtship and marriage are re-told by genuine members of the local communities. With a Saruni host acting as an interpreter, this provides an unforgettable cultural insight into an ancient tribe.